The Blade / Dominique Perrault Architecture

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Dominique Perrault has been selected to build a tower within the future Yongsan International Business Center in , whose master plan was designed by Daniel Libeskind. The tower, called The Blade, will reach 300 meters high. More images and architect’s description after the break.

George Lucas’ Development Woes: When NIMBY Goes BANANAs

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For 25 years, has had a problem. He’s been the Darth Vader of an evil developing empire.

Or so say his wealthy California neighbors. Since 1978, when he set up his corporate headquarters, Skywalker Ranch, on his property in Lucas Valley, Lucas has been attempting to get plans approved for a 300,000 square foot movie studio (which, while massive, would preserve 95% of the acreage and include plans to restore the topography). He’s been blocked by his anti-business, NIMBY neighbors every step of the way.

But far more interesting than Lucas’ defeat, is his plan for revenge.

Read More on how George Lucas is striking back on his NIMBY neighbors, after the break…

Heavy Metal / Hufft Projects

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Architect: Hufft Projects
Location: Joplin, MO,
Principals in Charge: Matthew Hufft, Kimball Hales
Design Team: Dan Brown, Adam Crowley, Jonathan Tramba
Area: 6,800 sqm
Completion: July 2010
Photographs: Matthew Hufft, Andrew Fabin

   

Porto Covo Palace / Frederico Valsassina

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Architects: Frederico Valsassina 
Location: Rua de S.Domingos à Lapa, Lisboa,
Client: Companhia de Seguros Lusitânia
Completion: 2009
Construction Area: 2,300 sqm
Team: Sofia Salazar Leite, João Torres, Rita Amado
Landscape Architecture: Proap
Structure and foundations: JSJ
Special Technical Facilities: Joule / GET
Hydraulic plans: Ductos
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

   

GA House / Samf

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Architects: Samf – Sara Antunes, Mário Ferreira Arquitectos
Location: , Portugal
Total Area: 252 sqm
Photographs: Thorsten Humpel

Filmare L’Architettura / Festival dei Popoli

The workshop Filmare l’architettura, just concluded in Florence. It took place in the home-studio by Leonardo Savioli and was aimed at educating videomakers in documenting the architectural space. The results of this experience, promoted by the Region of Tuscany, produced by Festival dei Popoli and led by , will be presented to the public on May 15 at the Faculty of Architecture in Florence.

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Only 6 hours left to help fund Jimenez Lai’s Hefner/Beuys House!

Last month we shared with you Jimenez Lai’s vision to transform the Architecture Foundation’s Project Space in London with a cartoonish architectural installation of Super Furniture… inspired by the exhibitionism of Hugh Hefner with the live-art of Joseph Beuys.

La Salut Market Square / Vora Arquitectura

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Architects: Vora Arquitectura
Location: Av marquès de Sant Mori s/n, , Spain
Design Team: Eva Cotman, Anna Malaguti, Ondrej Fabian
Completion: 2010
Area: 1,000 sqm
Photographs: Adrià Goula Sardà

   

LEGO Architecture Landmark Series: Sungnyemun

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LEGO has unveiled their latest model in the Architecture Landmark series: the Gate of Exalted Ceremonies in Seoul, better known as the Sungnyemun.

Sungnyemun is the series first Asian landmark and one of the most complete examples of Joseon Dynasty architecture. Standing in the heart of Seoul since 1398, Sungnyemun was once one of three major gateways through Seoul’s historic city walls. It is listed first among the National Treasure of .

Sungnyemun is the fifteenth model in the LEGO® Architecture series, which uses the LEGO brick to interpret the designs of iconic architecture around the world.

VillaLóla / ARKÍS architects

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Architects: ARKÍS architects
Location: , Iceland
Size: 128 sqm
Completion: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy ARKÍS architects

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modeLab Scripted Design Workshop

Studio Mode / modeLab… is putting on the Scripted Design Workshop June 9-10, which will introduce participants to the fundamental concepts for designing with programs in Python for Rhinoceros. As the next installment in the coLab Series, they are welcoming

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Stockholmsmässan Main Entrance / Rosenbergs Arkitekter

With over a million visitors annually, Stockholmsmässan in Älvsjö is one of the world’s leading organisers of exhibitions, conferences and public fairs. The new entrance, designed by Rosenbergs Arkitekter…, starts construction this month and is expected to be completed

House for Five / RTA Studio

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Architects: RTA Studio
Location: Grey Lynn, Auckland, New Zealand
Area: 280 sqm
Photographs: Patrick Reynolds

Andronikos Hotel Interiors / Klab Architecture

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Greek firm, KLab Architecture, has designed a series of suites for Mykonos, one of the most popular summertime destinations (the island’s population rises from 10,000 to 50,000 seasonally).  As is typical of KLab’s work (check out their Urban Cubes project previously featured), their hotel project looks to the vernacular language of island’s vocabulary and capitalizes on the environment’s relationship between the landscape and the sea, to formulate a modern interpretation of the cycladic architecture that has evolved over centuries.

More about the hotel room design after the break. 

Santa Julia House / Emilio Marin Architects

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Architects : Emilio Marin Architects / Emilio Marín – Juan Carlos Lopez
Location : Melipilla, , Chile.
Contractor: Alfio Secchi
Completion : 2011
Built Area : 350 sqm
Contractor: Alfio Secchi
Photographs: Nicolas Rupcich

Health Center in Oleiros / Abalo Alonso Arquitectos

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Architetcs: Abalo Alonso Arquitectos – Elizabeth Abalo, Gonzalo Alonso
Location: La Coruña, Spain
Collaborators: Carlos Bóveda, Cálculo de Estructuras, Obradoiro Enxeñeiros, Ingeniería
Completion: 2009
Photographs: Hector Fdez Santos-Díez

   

Flashback: Merck Sereno Headquarters / Murphy/Jahn

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Architects: Murphy/Jahn
Location: Geneva,
Construction: 2006
Area: 68,000 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Murphy/Jahn

Video: One World Trade Center 2004-2012

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In honor of One World Trade Center becoming the tallest building in , EarthCam has released an exciting time-lapse movie showcasing the construction progress from 2004-2012. In just a couple minutes, you can witness years of construction. Not only is the process a moving one on an emotional level, but also sheds hope on a site that holds such strong meaning in the U.S. for a time in history that will never be forgotten.